Dennis Fischer is currently the director for Government Innovation at Grant Thornton LLC, a leading international consulting firm. Mr. Fischer has served as the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service (GSA FTS); as the chief financial officer of GSA; as the deputy assistant secretary, finance and deputy CFO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and recently as the vice president, Sales & Integration at VISA U.S.A. Mr. Fischer also has served in numerous government-wide management roles including positions with: the Government Information Technology Services Board, the Federal CFO Council, the General Accounting Office Governmental Auditing Standards Advisory Council, the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) Steering Committee and the Cost Accounting Standards Board.
Vincette L. Goerl
Vincette Goerl is a federal financial management professional with nearly 40 years of experience as both a federal public servant and private sector consultant. She served in financial management leadership positions at the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, Department of Treasury and the Department of Agriculture during her 28 year federal career. Ms. Goerl developed her broad-based expertise in federal management through positions in financial management, financial management systems, budget formulation and execution, planning and performance measurement and information technology. Among her senior executive service positions, Ms. Goerl served as the first chief financial officer (CFO) at the U.S. Customs Service from 1994 to 1998, where she was responsible for the management of resources totaling almost $5B and the collection of over $22B in duty and excise taxes. She managed a staff of over 500 that provided financial, budget, facilities, property and procurement services to the agency. She also served as the first CFO at the U.S. Forest Service from 1998 to 2001 with agency resources exceeding $5B and a workforce of over 35,000. While CFO, Ms. Goerl successfully implemented a new financial management system nationwide and conducted the first inventory of over 45,000 real property assets valued over $5B. Since she retired in 2001, Ms. Goerl has provided federal financial management consulting and advisory services in three private sector companies, including Daston Corporation, CGI Federal, and most recently at her own company, Goerl Consulting, LLC. She has provided consulting advice to CFOs, Deputy CFOs, and other senior executives in the General Services Agency, NASA, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Personnel Management, Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Justice, among others. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a CFO SAGE (Strategic Advisors to Government Executives) at the Partnership for Public Service. She graduated with a B.S. in History and Political Science from McPherson College in McPherson College, where she also serves on the College Board of Trustees.
Major General (Ret) Elder Granger, MD, FACP, FACPE, CMQ
MG Granger, MD is founder and president of The 5Ps, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), providing cutting edge information technology solutions to commercial and government agencies. In July of 2009, after 37 years of military service, he retired as the deputy director and program executive officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs). In this role he served as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) on Department of Defense (DoD) health plan policy and performance, overseeing the acquisition, operation and integration of DoD's managed care program within the Military Health System covering 9.4 million uniformed service members, their families, retirees and others worldwide. Prior to joining TRICARE Management Activity, MG Granger led the largest U.S. and multi-national battlefield health system in our recent history while serving as Commander, Task Force 44th Medical Command and Command Surgeon for the Multinational Corps Iraq. He has led at every level of the Army Medical Department. MG Granger began his career with the Army Medical Department in 1971 as a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army National Guard. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University in 1976. A Distinguished Military Graduate, MG Granger was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon graduation from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1980, he was awarded the Henry Kaiser Medical Fellowship for Medical Excellence and Leadership. MG Granger completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1983 and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology in 1986 at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. His military education includes the Army War College, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Army Medical Department Officer Advanced and Basic Courses, the Military Health System and Army CAPSTONE Courses and the Combat Casualty Care Course.
General (Ret) Benjamin Saunders Griffin
General Benjamin Saunders Griffin is renowned for his highly-accomplished, 38-year career in the United States Military as an Army Officer; the last fourteen as a General Officer. His lauded leadership career includes nine command assignments at every level, ranging from Infantry Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division to Division Commander of the 4TH Infantry Division. His final command assignment as a Four-Star General, was as the Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command, he retired on January 1, 2009. Prior to that he respectfully served as the Department of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8. His command tours included two Company-level commands, an Airborne Infantry Company, Commander Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Commander Light Infantry Brigade, Commanding General Joint Task Force, Assistant Division Commander Armored Cavalry Division, Commanding General Mechanized Infantry Division and Commanding General Army Materiel Command. He served nine years overseas and held four assignments in the Pentagon: Director of Force Programs—Army G3; Operations Research/Systems Analyst—Operations & Readiness Division—Army G3; Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff; and in his last Pentagon assignment as a Lieutenant General as the Army G8, responsible for Program Analysis and Evaluation, Force Development and the Center for Army Analysis. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University, an MBA from Mercer University and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Old Dominion University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Candidate School, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Along with his role on FedBid’s Board of Advisors, General Griffin actively serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Military Child Education Coalition, co-chairs the Greater Fort Hood Retiree Council and serves as a Senior Executive Associate for the Army Aviation Association of America.
Dr. Steven Kelman
Dr. Steven Kelman is the Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Kelman is the author of many books and articles on the policymaking process and on improving the management of government organizations, with his latest book, “Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Change in Government”, published in June 2005 by the Brookings Institution Press. He is a frequent contributor to Federal Computer Week and currently serves as editor of the International Public Management Journal. From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Kelman served as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the White House's Office of Management and Budget. During his tenure, he played a primary role in the Administration's "reinventing government" effort, leading the Administration's support for the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1995. In l996, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2001, he received the Herbert Roback Memorial Award, the highest achievement award of the National Contract Management Association and in 2003 he was elected as a Director of The Procurement Roundtable.
Major General (Ret) Randy Manner
Major General (Ret) Manner joins FedBid as an Advisor after a very distinguished career in the military as well as the private sector.
For over three decades he served our nation in a variety of positions in the Pentagon and around the world. Prior to retiring from the Army, he served as the Deputy Commanding General of the United States 3rd Army in Kuwait, as the Acting Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and as the Acting and Deputy Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He facilitated the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, helped neutralize chemical weapons in Russia, oversaw investments in biological prophylactic research on deadly pathogens, to include Ebola, and helped coordinate military emergency response support to States during natural disasters.
For 16 years he worked for American Management Systems, a billion dollar international information technology consulting firm. When he departed AMS in September 2001 to return to active military duty, he was serving as business unit Vice President responsible for revenues of $100 million for federal, state, and commercial clients.
As a consultant for firms in the Washington, DC area, he mentors business leaders in improving their value propositions to their clients. He coaches senior military officers on leadership and ethics. General Manner is a member of several Advisory Boards of small companies and veteran non-profits to help increase their value. He volunteers on behalf of environmental organizations before the EPA and other government organizations, and advocates in support of veterans and families.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Business Administration degree in Decision Sciences from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a post graduate Certificate in International Security Policy from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
RADM (Ret) Leonard "Lenn" Vincent
RADM Lenn Vincent is the Industry Chair at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). He uses his defense and industry experience, expertise and perspective to advise government and industry on matters relative to contracting and program management issues. When he retired from the U.S. Navy on August 1, 1999 at the rank of Rear Admiral, he was the Commandant, Defense Systems Management College (DSMC). Prior to leading DSMC, RADM Vincent had served as the Logistics, Ordnance and Fleet Supply Officer for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he established policy and coordinated logistics requirements to support supply chain operations in the Pacific Fleet and Indian Ocean. He was the Commander of the Defense Contracts Management Command (now DCMA), and also served as the senior acquisition executive responsible for procurement policy within the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). As former Vice President at CACI International and American Management Systems, RADM Vincent was responsible for working with senior Department of Defense and Industry leaders to build long-term business relationships and to help identify solutions to acquisition, logistics, and financial management challenges. He has served as President and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Contract Management Association; he serves on the Board of Directors of the Navy League National Capital Council and NDIA Washington DC Chapter, the Board of Visitors of the Defense Acquisition University, and the Board of Directors Procurement Round Table. RADM Vincent holds a Master’s in Business Administration from George Washington University, is a Certified Navy Material and Acquisition Professional, and is DAWIA Level III certified in both Contracting and Logistics.
Hon. John J. Young Jr.
John Young is currently the principal in JY Strategies, LLC and a founding member of E6 Partners, LLC. He serves on the board of SRI International, the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He is also a member of the Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Committee. Mr. Young recently completed service as the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, overseeing $200 billion of Department of Defense research, development, procurement and logistics programs. In this position, he led an unprecedented Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle program, drove the use of competitive prototyping, completed a remarkable swap of shipbuilding workload, established new milestone procedures through the new DoD 5000 instruction and defined and achieved a broad set of goals within the AT&L organization. Mr. Young previously served as the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) and as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. His experience also includes 10 years as a senior staff member with the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. During his Pentagon tenure, he was awarded the Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Army Distinguished Civilian Service Awards, as well as the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. Mr. Young is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has a Master's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.